SOS-Gmeiner International College, as part of its Creative Action Service (CAS) has donated two incubators and three photo-therapy machines to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Tema General Hospital last Friday to aid the treatment of premature babies.
The equipment which worth about GH¢90,000 was as a result of a fundraising project dubbed ‘Spectrum’, embarked upon by the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) class of 2020 students, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which is good health and well-being.
Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Charity Sarpong said they are excited that students of the school find it very necessary to raise fund to provide these equipment to the hospital. The donation, according to her, will assist them in achieving their objective of a universal health care by 2030 in which every body must have the needed quality health care and for the preterm babies, these are the kind of quality health care that they need.
She said the hospital is one of the busiest hospitals, serving the Tema metropolis and its surrounding communities, which also receives all manner of referral cases. Adding that between 25 to 35 preterm babies are delivered and referred to the hospital for health care on monthly basis and about 20 to 30 babies are brought to the hospital for neonatal care.
To be able to give them the kind of comprehensive care that they need, they need basic equipment like incubators and photo therapy machines.
Medical Director of the Tema General Hospital, Dr. Richard Anthony was grateful to the students, parents, teaching staff and management of the school for their gesture. He said the equipment will go a long way to provide quality health care, especially to babies that really needs it, and promised to maintain the equipment and used it to the maximum to the benefit of all.
He used the opportunity to call on the general public, corporate organizations to support the hospital to enable them provide continues quality health care. Adding that even though the hospital needs a new hospital complex, they will all together maintain the current structure for continues quality care delivery.
“Healthcare is continuing and things are changing, even the equipment we have now within the next few years it may become obsolete, you know technologies are developing. There are several projects that are ongoing in the hospital; there is a maternity block that is uncompleted which we think government should come to our aid.
Our beds are always under pressure and there is always the need to increase the bed capacity. I think that Tema General Hospital deserve a new hospital complex all together in addition to staff accommodation,” he said.
Vice Principal of the school, Mr. Nii Armah Akita said the class of 2020 is proud of the donation and are always prepared to use their knowledge in the service of Africa, especially to tackle problems within their communities.
Over the years, students of the school embarked on similar projects across the country by identifying a challenge in a community, strategize, raise fund and achieve their targets which are all in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He expressed gratitude to parents who patronize their fundraising, and various businesses in the school and those who supported the school in one way or the other.
Kezia Baye, a representative of the class of 2020 explained the reason they embark on the project was because they identified a pressing need in the NICU of the hospital and as part of their responsibility as global citizens and as people concern about their community, it was very necessary to reach out and help the very people in need and they are excited that they were able to reach their target and also achieve the things they have set out to do.
Daniel Debrah, a student also said the donation is a fulfilling experience, because there is a culture of service in the school which gives them the urge to help the people in their community. He therefore extended appreciation to all who assisted them in achieving their target.